DAVY RUSSELL: Down Royal Saturday

Busy weekend for me with rides at Down Royal on Saturday and then Cork on Sunday where I partner Out Sam in the featured Cork Grand National. I’ll be back on Saturday evening with thoughts on Sunday in a new blog.

Nice to get a win at Down Royal on Friday onboard Delta Work who had to work hard in the beginners chase. It was first day at school for him today in terms of the larger obstacles but he was pretty nimble at his fences and was clever at the last. Hopefully he can go on and show some of the high level of form he showed over hurdles.

Down Royal on Saturday might ride a bit easier than it did on Friday as there is some overnight rain forecast.



MONKEYLOU (12.45pm)

Winner of a couple of flat races, he made a pleasing debut for me in Ballinrobe when third to Chica Buena who has since won well at Sedgefield. It was very testing that day but judged on his flat form he might well be more effective on this better ground. He is likely to improve but will need to as this is much tougher. Gordon (Elliott) also runs jumps newcomer Coeur Sublime who won a Navan maiden on his only flat start beating Southern France who has gone on to win at Listed level and was third in the St Leger at Doncaster.

BATTS ROCK (1.20pm)

Another from Gordon’s yard who made a pleasing debut over timber. I was onboard this fella when he finished second to Milliner at Punchestown, he should know plenty more about the game today as was quite novicey at some of the flights. He loved the faster ground on the flat so this is one I wouldn’t want to see too much rain for. It looks wide open and full of likely improvers including Defi Bleu who drops in class and Raya Time who has joined the Henry de Bromhead yard after an easy debut bumper win in Killarney.

STOOSHIE (1.55pm)

Very consistent but could be a victim of that as he’s racing off a career high mark of 128. His only win came here on heavy ground when he won his maiden hurdle. He’s run well for me in his last two starts at Tipperary and Punchestown and will hopefully run his race again but this looks open with dangers including Lake Milan. The Terence O’Brien trained mare rarely runs a bad race over chases or hurdles.

THE STORYTELLER (3.05pm MyCarNeedsA.com Chase Grade 2)

Small field but it looks wide open. Looking forward to getting back onboard The Storyteller who gave me a Cheltenham winner in the Brown Advisory and then won the Grade 1 Growise Champion Novice Chase at Punchestown in fortunate circumstances. There was carnage at the last two flights that day and he renews rivalry with Monalee who was in with every chance before his fall two out. Peregrine Run is up in class but keeps improving and has the fitness advantage after a comfortable win on the last day at Wexford.



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